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2017
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10
 
 
Twin Peaks ended its two-season run on this day in 1991...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
9
 
 
On this day in 1951, NBC debuted a variety show starring comedian Winstead Sheffield Glenndenning Dixon Weaver, better known as Doodles...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
8
 
 
Texaco tapped Milton Berle to guest-host a handful of summertime Texaco Star Theater installments for NBC, beginning with its June 8, 1948 premiere show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
7
 
 
This day in 1969 marked the debut of The Johnny Cash Show on ABC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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6
 
 
The Ed Sullivan Show ended its 23-year run on this day in 1971...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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On this day in 1965, ABC presented its first broadcast of the Indianapolis 500...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
4
 
 
DuMont's Cavalcade of Stars debuted on this day in 1949...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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3
 
 
This day in 2001 marked the debut of the HBO drama, Six Feet Under...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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This day in 1969 marked the last telecast of Peyton Place...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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1
 
 
On this day in 2005, ABC debuted Dancing with the Stars...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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